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Can Power-Sharing Keep Iraq From Fracturing?

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In Baghdad, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is trying to hang on to power, while part of his country is under the firm control of the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS. Despite hopes that it might get its act together, Maliki’s army has failed to re-take Takrit, the hometown of Saddam Hussein. Maliki wants US help against the Islamic State that’s taken over part of the country, but his repressive style has divided his own people. We’ll look at America’s limited options in a region where national boundaries are fading away and religious extremism is on the rise.

Credits

Guests:
Abigail Hauslohner - Washington Post - @ahauslohner, Michael Pregent - former U.S. Army officer - @MPPregent, Ahmed Rashid - Pakistani journalist, Brian Jenkins - RAND Corporation - @BrianMJenkins

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Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Evan George, Benjamin Gottlieb, Kareem Maddox